When coming to HAIS, I had a desire to work and contribute in a more dynamic, flexible and creative environment. I wanted this so that I was not confined by the norms and standards of the old Generation or pathways in deciding what students needed to learn and thereby bringing positive change for my students. It is true that modern society has helped children to develop in a comprehensive way and comprehensive development is also the core common goal for primary education in Vietnam.
But, this does not mean that children need to be completely developed academic people. They don’t need to know and learn absolutely everything from the adults. At HAIS, we aim to lay the first foundations in their personal development by teaching them the full range of knowledge in all subjects according to the curriculum of the Ministry of Education and Training. We are here to listen and to understand their learning needs, to let them have fun, to share their emotions, to inspire and engage with them, to help them discover their values on their own and how they can promote these values in the community. We work closely with their family and loved ones, to help them shape and develop a good personality, as a “shining example” that can reflect the child’s future image. I am truly grateful for my time here at HAIS because this school has given me the opportunity to develop myself so that I can become more confident with my teaching philosophy. At HAIS there is respect for individuality, respect for differences and a focus on the development of each individual student is always highly valued here.
There is a saying that I love so much and I always take it as a guideline for years, when I go out and explore the educational horizons full of dreams: “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” (Ignacio Estrada). I will always try to do the best for my students, making them happy people, in a joyful school and allowing them to become who they want to be in the future.
Trinh Thi Dieu Linh
BILINGUAL PRIMARY LEARNING LEAD